DescriptionThe east wing of a renowned mansion house with many notable features, magnificent gardens and stables.
Headfort Court is a unique country property as it forms part of the renowned Headfort Demesne in the heart of Co Meath close to the historic town of Kells, which is known worldwide through the Book of Kells. Approached through the impressive estate gates and archway, the perfectly manicured tree lined and estate fenced avenue meanders past the two courtyard developments and leads to the private gated entrance to Headfort Court.
It is set amidst approximately 6 acres of exquisite gardens and grounds. The gardens adjoining Headfort Court contain a renowned collection of Rhododendron and Azaleas planted under the supervision of the 4th Marquees of Headfort, Geoffrey Taylour, from 1890 to 1922. The setting is outstanding with the gardens and grounds overlooking the 18-hole championship Headfort Golf Course.
The house is accessed via stone steps on the northern elevation which lead up to a magnificent reception hall. The hall spans the full width of the house and has an attractive southerly aspect onto the garden through a large Georgian light. Accessed off the hall are the principal reception rooms including a drawing room, dining room and sitting room. The kitchen is also accessed off the hall.
On the east wing is a corridor leading to a hallway of which is the main bedroom suite, with a spacious bedroom overlooking the magnificent gardens. Off the bedroom is a dressing room and en suite bathroom. There are two further double bedrooms and a bathroom. Off the west wing corridor are three bedrooms (one en suite) and a bathroom. Overall, three of the bedrooms overlook the gardens and the remaining three overlook the courtyard. All of the bedrooms are of generous proportions and the bathrooms are well fitted.
On the lower ground floor, is a long, arched passage with a flagstone floor and leading to extensive and flexible accommodation, including a spacious billiards room and a large laundry with drying room. Also on the ground floor are two offices, a bathroom, a strong room, several store rooms and a boot room where there is external access. Part of the lower ground floor was reportedly used by a former owner as a self-contained flat for staff.
The house has been carefully restored and refurbished over the past 20 years by the present owners under the supervision of John O'Connell (the renowned conservation architect associated with Ballyfin House in Co Laois). A key feature of the property are the many period features throughout.
High ceilings have been insulated, with architraves and wainscoting restored and repaired. The majority of the windows have been either restored or replaced and there are some very fine examples of extensive and intricate plasterwork on cornices and centre roses. The principal rooms have most attractive period fireplaces, some with carved Adam marble mantelpieces and all rooms are bright and spacious. The sitting room has a stove. There is a fine country kitchen with Aga cooker (fuelled by LPG) and a dining area. The guest cloakroom is accessed off the kitchen.
A self-contained apartment is attached to the east of the house and the accommodation comprises a bedroom, bathroom and open plan kitchen/sitting room. There is a wash room/store room below it. It is accessed via the main entrance to the property. The apartment provides useful accommodation for a nanny or family member. Alternatively, it could be let to produce rental income. It has under floor heating with an independent boiler.
Gardens and Grounds
The gardens and grounds at Headfort Court are a key feature of the property. Laid out around the turn of the 20th Century by the 4th Marquess of Headfort, he brought a wide array of exotic species of plants, shrubs and flowers to the estate from many parts of the world. A keen botanist and former President of the Royal Horticultural Society, Geoffrey Taylour used the services of the renowned plantsman George Forrest to source rare seeds from China, Burma and Tibet, creating the diversified collection that exists in the garden to the present day. In addition, there are also many specimen trees within the garden to include Monterey Pine, Podocarpus, Eucryphia, Sciadopitys (Japanese umbrella tree), Tulip Tree and Limes which stand majestically throughout the grounds. There is a network of paths through the grounds at Headfort which, combined with the beauty of the colourful gardens, create a haven of peace and tranquillity. There is an abundance of natural wildlife throughout the grounds at Headfort and two summer houses.
Location and Amenities
Headfort Court is located within the 'Royal County' of Meath. County Meath is home to renowned attractions such as the Hill of Tara, the famous megalithic burial tombs of Newgrange (Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site) and the famous Battle of the Boyne Site.
Racing enthusiasts are easily catered for with Navan Racecourse and Fairyhouse Racecourse nearby. Both courses are well distinguished and host a multitude of events and point to points throughout the year.
The area is well served for golfers. In addition to the adjoining Headfort Golf Club, there are challenging courses nearby including the Royal Tara Golf Club and the famous Jack Nicklaus designed golf course at Killeen Castle.
There is great opportunity for hunting in the surrounding area with a number of local packs including the Tara Harriers, the Meath Foxhounds, the Ward Union and the Ballymacad Hunt all within boxing distance.
Driven pheasant shoots are nearby at Slane and Mountainstown, while there is fishing on the Boyne and Blackwater Rivers.
There is a fine choice of schools in the area with a diverse range of primary and secondary schools available locally. The adjoining small private Headfort Preparatory School is the last private fee paying boarding school in the country. There is also a variety of exceptional private schools including Castleknock College, Mount Sackville, Eureka Secondary School and the Kings Hospital.
Headfort Court is conveniently situated 3 km from the nearby town of Kells which offers a good selection of shops, pubs, restaurants and hotels such as the Headfort Arms Hotel.
Dublin City (68 km) and Dublin Airport (71 km) are easily accessible via the M3 motorway (6 km).
Adjoining the house is a walled garden with box hedges and gravel paths arranged around a picturesque central water feature. It opens to a charming traditional outbuilding which formerly served as a drying building but more recently has been used for entertaining and hosting parties.
There is parking for vehicles at the front of the house.
Adjacent to the walled garden is a range of outbuildings. They are of traditional construction and are laid out in a square shape, creating a central, enclosed courtyard. The outbuildings include 6 loose boxes, machinery stores and general purpose storage.
A boiler room is located from the outside of the house at garden level.
Private water supply via a well which is located out with the boundary of the property but to which there is a wayleave, oil-fired central heating with upgraded dual zone controls, domestic water is heated by a secondary boiler, private drainage via a septic tank, broadband and mains electricity.
Please note that the selling agents have not checked the services and any purchaser should satisfy themselves with the availability and adequacy of all services.
Protected Structure and Architectural Conservation Area
The Court at Headfort is part of Headfort House and Demesne which is a protected structure (Ref: MH017-116).
Best Offers Date
A date for best offers may be fixed and prospective purchasers are asked to register their interest with the selling agents following inspection. The sellers reserve the right to exchange a Contract for the sale of any part of the subjects of sale ahead of a notified closing date and will not be obliged to accept the highest or any offer.
All offers (regardless of the country of residence of the offering party) must be accompanied by a guarantee or suitable form of reference from a bank, which gives the sellers satisfaction that the purchaser has access to the funds required to complete the purchase at the offered price.
Fixtures and Fittings
All moveable items including furniture, light fittings, blinds, curtains and garden statuary are expressly excluded but some items are available through separate negotiation.
Tenure & Possession
- Unique country property within Headfort Demesne
- About 2.5 hectares/6.3 acres
- Spectacular gardens, many unusual species
- Walled garden and traditional outbuilding
- Overlooking Headfort Golf Club
- Includes self-contained apartment
- Stable yard, 6 loose boxes
BER DetailsBER: Exempt
Take the M3 from Dublin/M50 and exit at J10 for Kells South. Follow signs for R147 Kells and upon entering the town take a sharp right (where there is a monument to the right and just before St Colmcille's Church on the left) onto the R163 and follow this road through the Headfort Golf Club until crossing the Blackwater Bridge where the main gates to Headfort are immediately on the left. Proceed up the main avenue and pass the two courtyards on right. The entrance to Headfort Court is on marked on the left.
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Viewing InformationStrictly by appointment with Savills Dublin - Country on + 353 (0) 1 663 4350